" Laguna Philippines Offers Wide-Ranging Comforts And Heritage "

"A Yet Another Top Philippine Provincial Destination Choice"




Laguna Philippines
is among the Philippine provinces that can meet your picks for tours, residence or business. It offers extensive amenities and heritage.

It meets your wants in a mixed urban-rural setting.

Laguna definitely affords what you want for a place to see, live or invest in. It provides.

As the resort capital of the Philippines, it allures.

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Location

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Weather

Dry in November-April and wet the rest of the year.

Brief History

Laguna was initially named La Laguna after the lake Laguna de Bay. In 1571, it was conquered for Spain by Captain Juan de Salcedo.

The town of Bay was its first capital. Next was Pagsanjan, and eventually Santa Cruz since 1858 to the present.

Laguna has always stood for freedom. During the 16th-20th century interval, it rejected the Spaniards, British, Americans and Japanese. Today, it is a bustling agro-industrial provincial powerhouse.

Laguna has 4 cities… Biñan; Sta. Rosa; San Pablo and Calamba.  

It has 26 towns… San Pedro; Cabuyao; Calamba; Los Baños; Bay; Caluan; Victoria; Alaminos; Rizal; Nagcarlan; Pila; Sta. Cruz; Magdalena; Liliw; Majayjay; Luisiana; Cavinti; Pagsanjan; Lumban; Kalayaan; Paete; Pakil; Pangil; Mabitac; Siniloan; Famy; and, Sta. Maria.

Laguna governs from here…

Laguna Provincial Capitol
Laguna Provincial Capitol

Festivals

The two main annual festivals of Laguna are…

  • Kesong puti Festival
  • La Laguna Festival

San Pablo City Booth - La Laguna Festival 2012
Festival booth

Transportation

Laguna is 50 minutes away from the Manila Airport. Move around by bus, jeepney, taxi, van, or tricycle.

Historical Attractions In Laguna Philippines

The leading historical attraction in Laguna is the birth place of Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero. The site attracts 270,000 tourists annually.

Jose Rizal Shrine in Calamba City
Rizal ShrineImage by: maxtein.com

Also on the line is the shrine of Jose Rizal’s older brother… designed by architect Andrés de Luna, son of Juan Luna.

Paciano Rizal Shrine - Los Baños
Paciano Rizal ShrineImage by: filipinoscribbles.wordpress.com

In Santa Cruz, the shrine of a young hero during the Philippine revolution against Spain proudly stands

General Emilio Jacinto Shrine
Jacinto Shrine


In Biñan, the heritage house of Don Lorenzo Alberto, Jose Rizal's grandfather, is still there.

200-Yr Plus Old Alberto House
Alberto HouseImage by: filipinoscribbles.wordpress.com

See this former Japanese concentration camp and prison during WWII... 

Aero Dancing at the Historic Baker Hall in UP Los Banos
Baker HallImage by: islandtravelphilippines.blogspot.com

See this memorial of Japanese soldiers who died in Laguna in WWII… It locates the Homma-Yamashita Shrine too. 

Japanese Garden in Caliraya, Cavinti – Built in 1978
Japanese GardenImage by: backpackingphilippines.com

See the burial ground of Spanish friars and Nagcarlan town’s esteemed citizens… built in 1851.

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery - Surface View
Underground Cemetery


This served as a secret meeting place of Filipino revolutionaries in 1896.

The Crypts Below the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
CryptsImage by: shutterbugsdesign.com

In 1900, the Filipinos defeated the Americans in the Battle of Mabitac. Here’s the mural in that event…

Battle of Mabitac Mural
attle of Mabitac MuralImage by: backpackingphilippines.com

See this heritage town of Pila…

Row of Ancestral Homes of Pila
Ancestral homes in Pila


This too, a restaurant-converted heritage house... 

Villa Valenzuela in Santa Cruz
Villa Valenzuela


Natural Attractions in Laguna Philippines

Examples of Laguna’s leading sightseeing spots…

The 70-Foot Tall Pagsanjan Falls
Pagsanjan Falls


Getting behind the falls is your first goal for seeing Pagsanjan Falls… second, is shooting the rapids.

Devil’s cave – It’s Behind the falls
Devils cave
Image by: Angelo Juan Ramos | outoftownblog.com

Shooting The Rapids In Pagsanjan Falls
Shooting The RapidsImage by: visitpinas.com

This river enchants…

Dalitiwan River in Majayjay
Dalitiwan River resort

Actually, there’s no croc here…

Crocodile Lake in Los Baños
Crocodile Lake

With this falls’ chilly waters, it’s beautiful out there…

Taytay Falls in Majayjay
Taytay FallsImage by: trekearth.com

Here too…

Bunga Falls - Nagcarlan
Bunga Falls

For trekking adventures, this inactive volcano is treasurable…

Mount Makiling – Seen from Ayala Greenfield Estates Golf Course
Mount Makiling

Trekking in this huge park is treasurable too…

Makiling Forest Reserve Park, Los Baños
Makiling Forest Reserve Park

Seeing the 7 beautiful waterfalls of Mt. Romelo in Siniloan exhilarates. Here’s the most popular falls…

180-Foot Buruwisan Falls
Buruwisan Falls

Seeing the 7 crater lakes of San Pablo City exhilarates too. The lakes were formed by volcanic eruptions 500-700 years ago. Here’s the biggest… 

Sampaloc Lake
Sampaloc Lake

Man-Made Attractions in Laguna Philippines

Built in 1943, this lake supplies water to the Caliraya Hydroelectric Power Plant.

Lake Caliraya in Lumban and Cavinti
Lake Caliraya

Philippines’ first and only world-class theme park.

Enchanted Kingdom Park in Santa Rosa
Enchanted Kingdom

World’s largest, tallest Rizal monument at 22 feet tall, symbolizing Rizal’s 22 spoken languages and dialects. 

The Plaza Calamba
Plaza Calamba

World’s newest and most innovative wakeboarding park.

Nuvali Republic Wakepark in Canlubang, Calamba
Nuvali Republic Wakepark


Philippines’ premiere water recreation themepark.

Splash Island Resort in Biñan
Splash Island Resort

Boy Scouts of the Philippines Camp in University of the Philippines, Los Baños
BSP camp

Pook ni Maria Makiling Park of Los Banos
Pook ni Maria Makiling Park

Makiling Botanical Garden
Pook ni Maria Makiling Park

Established in 1976 to train artistically gifted Filipino secondary school students.

National Arts Center in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños
National Arts Center

Resorts in Laguna Philippines

Laguna has no ocean shores, thus, it has no beaches. Instead, it has lakeshores, rivers (about 40 of them), and cold and hot springs. It has over 700 hot spring resorts in Calamba and Los Baños.

Random examples… 

Panguil River Eco-Park in Pangil
Panguil River Eco-ParkFavorite for beauty pageant photo location.

Hidden Valley Springs Resort
Hidden Valley Springs Resort Pricey but one of Laguna’s best and most popular natural attractions.

Jonel's Hot Springs Resort and Lodging in Calamba
Jonels Hot Springs ResortIt has 2 springs…

Doña Jovita Garden Resort in Calamba
Dona Jovita Garden ResortLocated near the serene foothills of Mount Makiling.

Splash Mountain - Los Baños
Splash MountainThis budget resort and hotel is among the best in Los Baños.

Villa Teresa Resort (Pansol)
Villa TeresaHot spring resort with a spectacular view of Laguna lake.

House of Worship

Laguna has 86 parishes encompassing 25 towns and four cities. It has different magnificent Catholic churches. 

Examples…

St. John the Baptist Parish Church - Calamba
St John the Baptist Parish ChurchWhere Jose Rizal, Philippines’ national hero, was baptized by Fr. P. Casañas.

Diocesan Shrine of San Antonio de Padua – Pila
Pila ChurchFirst church dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua in the Philippines (1578).


Museums

Examples out of 12…

Riceworld Museum, Int'l Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños
Riceworld Museum


Here’s Santa Rosa’s former town hall. 

Santa Rosa Museum
Santa Rosa Museum


This contains pre-Hispanic Northern Sung (960-1127 AD), Southern Sung (1127-1280 AD) and Yuan Dynasty (1280-1368 AD) artifacts.

Pila Municipal Museum
Pila Museum


Education

With 20 universities, 23 colleges and 14 institutes, Laguna is an education powerhouse. 

Two examples…

University of the Philippines - Los Baños
uplb

Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba
Letran Calamba


Healthcare

Laguna has 9 public and 269 private hospitals and clinics.

Examples…

Southern Luzon Hospital & Medical Center
Southern Luzon Hospital

Sta. Rosa Medical Center (beside Enchanted)
Sta Rosa Medical Center


Sports

Sports thrive in Laguna too.

Examples… 

Caliraya Springs Golf and Country Club
Caliraya Springs GolfThere are more golf courses in Laguna.

Recreation, Education, Culture and Sports (RECS) Village in Sta. Cruz
RECSFormerly the San Luis Sports Complex.


Shopping in Laguna

Notable shopping malls in Laguna are SM City Santa Rosa, SM City San Pablo, SM City Calamba, and Robinsons Sta. Rosa Market.

Example…

SM City Calamba
SM Calamba


Lodging

You will always find a good place to stay in Laguna.

Two examples…

Riverview Resort and Conference Center, Calamba–Starts at $49 (P1,977)
Riverview Resort and Conference Center

City Of Springs Resort Hotel, Los Banos – Starts at $18 (P740)
City Of Springs Resort Hotel


Laguna Philippines Nightlife

In Los Baños, this is the place…

Los Baños Square
LB Square


In Calamba, this…

Kalsada Bar in Calamba
Kalsada Bar


Restaurants in Laguna Philippines

Laguna has many simple to finest restaurants. At $5-12 (P200-500), you can have your fill.

Examples… 

Exotik Garden Restaurant (P200/dish)
Exotik Restaurant Lies on the slopes of Sierra Madre mountain range.

Clydenjosh Restaurant at Sampaloc Lake, San Pablo City
Clydenjosh Restaurant


Laguna Philippines Delicacies

NOW, try the province’ examples of delicious food treats…

Kesong Puti of Santa Cruz
Kesong Puti Fresh, non-aged, white and soft cheese from carabao milk.

Bibingka de Macapuno of Santa Cruz
Bibingka MacapunoBibingka or rice cake with macapuno fillings.


Laguna Philippines Crafts and Products

Woodcarving in Paete

Woodcarving is the main industry of Paete dating back to pre-Spanish period. 

A Paete Woodcarver Deeply Engrossed at Work
Paete Woodcarving

Lumban Embroidery

A major cottage industry learned from Spanish nuns.

An Lumban Embroider Concentrates On Her Work
Lumban Embroider

Footwear

Liliw’s footwear industry makes it the "Footwear Capital of Laguna". 

Liliw Footwear for Country and the World
”Bags

Pandan Bags and Mats

The town of Luisiana specializes in pandan-based products.

Luisiana Bags and Mats
Bags and Mats

Large Scale Bread Production

Philippines’ most advanced, fully automated bread factory… outputs 12,000 loaves an hour.

A Modern Gardenia Bread Plant in Mamplasan, Biñan
Gardenia Bread Plant


Live/Retire or Invest in Laguna Philippines

Domicile

Laguna is safe to live in or retire. The people are friendly and religious. You could rent a mid-range house in Laguna at $187-625/month (P7,500-25,000). Cost of goods is low.

Banks

Laguna has 227 banks to serve you.

Real Estate

Laguna’s real estate development is exploding.

Labor Force

English-speaking, highly trainable, artistic, and creative in any job.

Cost of Doing in Business

Doing business in Laguna is 35-40% cheaper than California’s. Like other Philippine cities, it offers tax incentives.

Indicators of Good Business Environment

Laguna is the “Detroit of the Philippines”… it locates many vehicle manufacturers in Santa Rosa. It is the “Philippines’ Silicon Valley”… it locates many electronic and semi-conductor companies in Biñan.

Wrap Up

Laguna Philippines is a provincial destination that meets your tours, residence and/or business needs. It is an agro-industrial hub that fits your measures of a place to see, live or invest in.

Laguna’s what you want for life’s urban-rural setting.

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